Tibetan Ritual

Paperback | December 22, 2009

EditorJose Ignacio Cabezon

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Ritual is one of the most pervasive religious phenomena in the Tibetan cultural world. Despite its ubiquity and importance to Tibetan cultural life, however, only in recent years has Tibetan ritual been given the attention it deserves. This is the first scholarly collection to focus on thisimportant subject. Unique in its historical, geographical and disciplinary breadth, this book brings together eleven essays by an international cast of scholars working on ritual texts, institutions and practices in the greater Tibetan cultural world - Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. While mostof the chapters focus on Buddhism, two deal with ritual in Tibet's indigenous Bon religion. All of the essays are original to this volume. An extensive introduction by the editor provides a broad overview of Tibetan ritual and contextualizes the chapters within the field of Buddhist and Tibetanstudies. The book should find use in advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on Tibetan religion. It will also be of interest to students and scholars of ritual generally.

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Ritual is one of the most pervasive religious phenomena in the Tibetan cultural world. Despite its ubiquity and importance to Tibetan cultural life, however, only in recent years has Tibetan ritual been given the attention it deserves. This is the first scholarly collection to focus on thisimportant subject. Unique in its historical, g...

Jose Ignacio Cabezon is XIVth Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 1.1 inPublished:December 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195392825

ISBN - 13:9780195392821

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Jose Ignacio Cabezon: Introduction1. Nicolas Sihle: Written Texts at the Juncture of the Local and the Global: Some Anthropological Considerations on a Local Corpus of Tantric Ritual Manuals (Lower Mustang, Nepal)2. Samten Karmay: Tibetan Indigenous Myths and Rituals with Reference to the Ancient Bon Text: The Nyenbum3. Robert Mayer and Cathy Cantwell: Continuity and Change in Tibetan Mahayoga Ritual: Some Evidence from the Tabzhag (Thabs zhags) Manuscript and other Dunhuang Texts4. Yael Bentor: The Convergence of Theoretical and Practical Concerns in a Single Verse of the Guhyasamaja Tant5. Irmgard Mengele: Chilu ('Chi bslu): Rituals for "Deceiving Death"6. James Gentr: Representations of Efficacy: the Ritual Expulsion of Mongol Armies in the Consolidation and Expansion of the Tsang (Gtsang) Dynasty7. Bryan J. Cuevas: The nullCalf's Nipplenull (Be'u bum) of Ju Mipam ('Ju Mi pham): A Handbook of Tibetan Ritual Mag8. Marc des Jardins: Tamdrin (Rta mgrin) Rituals in the Bon Tradition: Transforming Poison and Eliminating Noxious Spirits with Burning Stones9. Vesna Wallace: Texts as Deities: Mongols' Rituals of Worshipping Satras and Rituals of Accomplishing Various Goals by Means of Satras10. Jared Lindahl: The Ritual Veneration of Mongolia's Mountains11. Francoise Pommaret: Encounter With a Dream: Bhutanese Pilgrims in Tibet. Performing a Ritual?BibliographyIndex